Susan Glentworth Hall Godson lost a brief battle to lung cancer on Sunday, April 28, 2013. She was a native of Williamsburg, though she left for quite some time and returned in her later years.
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She was the daughter of Channing Moore and Nona Powell Sentz Hall. Her father, Channing Hall, was an established lawyer and mayor of Williamsburg for many years. Mrs. Godson was also the niece of Admiral John Lesslie Hall, Jr. of whom Mrs. Godson wrote extensively.
Susan Godson is survived by her four children: Ellen Godson Wood of Wilmington, De.; William Howard Godson of Markham; Anne Tyler Godson of Manassas; and David Moore Godson of Sarasota, Fl. She is also survived by her grandsons: David Henderson Wood of Charlottesville; Tyler Jennings Edmondson of Manassas; and Drew Farland Edmondson, also of Manassas.
Mrs. Godson attended the College of William and Mary, then married and traveled for several years while raising her young family. Once all of her children attained school age, she returned to school and obtained her bachelor's degree with honors with highest distinction from George Mason University, and her masters and doctorate from American University. Mrs. Godson's field of expertise was military history with a focus on women in the military. She published The Viking of Assault about her uncle, Admiral John Lesslie Hall, Jr., an amphibious commander in World War II. She also co-wrote The College of William and Mary, a History, and wrote the History of Woman in the Navy for the Department of the Navy. Mrs. Godson wrote prolifically about women in the military and later became the church historian for Bruton Parish Church.
In further following her passion for history, Mrs. Godson was the longtime president of the Williamsburg Historic Records Association, where she helped gather and store valued historic documents.
The memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 at Bruton Parish Church, with friends and family invited to return to Mrs. Godson's home to join in the celebration of her life. There will be a private family burial.
Susan Godson demonstrated to those who cared for her how to live life and journey toward death with strength and dignity. She will be deeply missed.
Donations may be sent in lieu of flowers to Bruton Parish Church and Earl Gregg Swem library at the College of William and Mary.
Published in Virginia Gazette from May 1 to May 31, 2013